State halts apple moth appeal
There’s a fresh twist in the ongoing saga of the light brown apple moth and plans to spray much of the Bay Area, including Alameda, with a synthetic pheromone to eradicate it. Apparently, the state has decided not to pursue an appeal in at least one of the two South Bay court cases won by spray opponents this summer – at least until after an environmental study on the spray can be completed.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel has reported that the state dropped its appeal of the spray case it lost in Santa Cruz Superior Court, at least until it gets the results of the environmental report. But they’re also saying the state is pursuing other methods for getting rid of the moth, including the release of sterile male moths to disrupt the pest’s mating cycle.
The folks at Stop the Spray are saying the state also dropped its appeal of a similar case in Monterey, though we have yet to confirm that. If we hear any more on that, we’ll let you know.